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Birthdate: Jan. 31, 1951
Birth Place: Pinehurst, NC, United States
Residence: Biscoe, NC
First Elected: 2008
Larry Kissell was born in Pinehurst, N.C., and now lives in Biscoe. He earned a bachelor's in economics from Wake Forest University.
Kissell worked for a textile company for 27 years, but left in 2001 as plants were shutting down and jobs were being outsourced to other countries.
He then became a social studies teacher at East Montgomery High School until his election to the U.S. House in 2008.
He and his wife, Tina, have two children.
Larry Kissell was one of three North Carolina Democrats to vote against the 2010 health care reform bill. He cited cuts to some Medicare benefits as a reason for his opposition to the measure.
His opposition to the health care bill attracted a Democratic primary challenger in 2010, as well as a union-backed movement that collected enough signatures for a former aide of Kissell's to consider an independent bid.
The aide decided in June 2010 against a candidacy, and the North Carolina Families First movement warmed up to Kissell because it said he had voted recently to extend unemployment benefits, protect families against mortgage fraud and encourage clean energy sources.
In July 2012, Kissell was among House members who voted against an amendment that would have stripped more than $72 million for sports sponsorships, such as bass fishing and NASCAR, from a $608 billion defense bill for fiscal 2013. Kissell said at the time that the relationship between the military and NASCAR was critical.
Kissell was elected in 2008 and his first term in office forced him to balance the demands of Democratic leaders in Congress with the conservative ideals of his district.
He voted against a plan to release an additional $350 billion as part of the financial industry bailout plan. He voted for the 2009 approximately $800 billion economic stimulus bill and helped include a "Buy American" provision in the legislation.
He voted in March 2009 against a measure allowing bankruptcy judges to rewrite mortgages to prevent foreclosure. Kissell said he didn't think the legislation sent the right message to people who are tightening their belts to pay their bills.
Kissell said his teaching career spurred him to run for office and that he ran for Congress in 2008 to fight for working-class and poor families who are struggling with gas prices, high unemployment rates and rising health care and prescription drug costs.
Kissell during his 2008 campaign sold gasoline to motorists for $1.22 a gallon _ the cost of fuel when his incumbent Republican opponent, Robin Hayes, took office _ to draw attention to Hayes' energy votes. Kissell staged a similar fuel sale during his unsuccessful campaign against Hayes in 2006.
Kissell's first act in Congress was to co-sponsor a measure blocking a cost-of-living pay increase for members of the House. He has supported the repeal of the North American Free Trade Agreement, saying it has devastated the U.S. manufacturing industry.
Source: Associated Press
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